Opinion: Vista has been with us for almost a year now; has it caught up with desktop Linux yet?
After almost a year since Microsoft released Vista to manufacturing, its time to re-evaluate it and decide if its finally the equal of the best of the desktop Linuxes.
Thats not a facetious question. Yes, in terms of market share, desktop Linux hovers just over 1 percent of all users, while Microsoft claims that Vista by this summer had already sold more than 60 million copies
. Im not impressed, and you shouldnt be either.
In the early 80s, the idea that foreign cars could outsell Detroits finest was treated as a joke. The VW Beetle was fine in its low-end niche, but Japanese cars outselling Ford, American Motors, Chrysler and GM? Impossible!
No, it wasnt. By 1990, a Japanese car model, the Honda Accord, became the first best-selling foreign car in the United States
. Today, AMC is long dead. Chrysler spent most of the last few years as a division German-controlled DaimlerChrysler, until it was sold off in August to Cerebus, a private-equity firm specializing in troubled companies. Ford lost only $380 million
in its last quarter. Of course that was peanuts compared with GM. Americas biggest car manufacturer lost $38.96 billion in its last quarter
. Even Bill Gates piggy-bank would be squealing in pain at that kind of loss.
What company sells the second-most cars in the United States and makes money doing it? That would be Toyota
. Honda is No. 5, and its earnings went up 63 percent in its last quarter
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